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Sling TV on Apple TV makes it easier to find and manage content

Sling TV on Apple TV makes it easier to find and manage content

Sling just pushed out a big update to its Apple TV app, tweaking the interface to satisfy users based on their feedback. Content is the center focus of the updated app, enabling users to more easily find and manage their favorite shows. As well, the grid guide has been improved with more info and images, it's easier to get more information about a series before watching, and more.

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Mozilla Thunderbird revamp will bring big UI and Gmail changes

Mozilla Thunderbird revamp will bring big UI and Gmail changes

Mozilla has a big update for Thunderbird, its email client, in the pipeline. The company hired more staff dedicated solely to full-time Thunderbird development last year, and the company plans to build upon what it got right with Thunderbird 60, adding better Gmail support and a prettier interface on top of it. The company reassures users that it has listened to their complaints and feedback and will address existing concerns.

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Mozilla Firefox “not an ad” experiment irks the Web, again

Mozilla Firefox “not an ad” experiment irks the Web, again

Mozilla, the not-for-profit organization behind the popular Firefox browser, is always searching for ways to keep the lights on while developing and distributing a complex and sophisticated piece of software for the price of free. Many of those, especially the ones that involved sponsored content, a.k.a. ads, have been met with criticism and opposition. It seemed that Mozilla was taking yet another stab at it without telling anyone and the reactions were unsurprising.

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Conquer 2019 with this new breed of productivity tools

Conquer 2019 with this new breed of productivity tools

It’s that time of year again when people try to make their new year’s resolutions, wrangle their todo lists from last year, and generally try to keep their life in order at the start of the new year. While there is a resurgence in the interest and use of paper notebooks, partially thanks to things like the Bullet Journal, some still swear by digital tools to get things done. If you’re one of the latter, you might want to take a peek at this new generation of productivity and collaboration tools that go beyond simple todo lists and calendars.

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This fake Alexa app made it to Apple’s Top 10

This fake Alexa app made it to Apple’s Top 10

It would appear that a malicious app by the name of "Setup for Amazon Alexa" climbed the Apple app store charts all the way to the top 10 before its removal. This app's true intent is not yet known, but it most certainly was not made by any sort of official Amazon entity. This app reached at least number 6 on the app store charts for Utilities, and within the top 60 for "top free" apps in general. Now it's been removed.

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Internet Explorer emergency security fix breaks Lenovo laptops

Internet Explorer emergency security fix breaks Lenovo laptops

It may not be at terrible as the now notorious Windows 10 October update, but for owners of certain Lenovo laptops, it might as well be. Last week, Microsoft rolled out a seemingly harmless update that, at least based on the Knowledge Base page, is just about fixing a security exploit in Internet Explorer. While majority of Windows users will install that update, even if they don’t use the ancient browser, Microsoft has now acknowledged that it is causing headaches for some Lenovo laptops in the process.

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Subscription on apps are the unavoidable future

Subscription on apps are the unavoidable future

Apple may have seen the writing on the wall. Google may have actually sensed it sooner, which is why it didn’t seem to get excited in the first place. Although they have been the biggest proponents of this app-centric ecosystem we have today, especially on mobile, the two most influential companies in the world seem to be slowly abandoning them. Apps are no longer the great money makers they once were, even the paid ones. Some might argue they never were, at least on Android. The money may soon be in subscriptions instead, and that could drastically change the software landscape forever.

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Google Chrome Canvas is a simple browser app for drawing

Google Chrome Canvas is a simple browser app for drawing

Google has quietly launched a new web app called Google Canvas, a tool for drawing directly within a browser. The web app has an interface that resembles Adobe's mobile drawing apps, including simple tools on the left side of the screen, a blank canvas, and an undo button. The app is free to use and can be launched using Google's own Chrome browser.

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Microsoft releases new Office app for Windows 10 to Insiders

Microsoft releases new Office app for Windows 10 to Insiders

Microsoft has launched a new Office app for Windows 10 that brings direct access to Office applications in a single, streamlined app. The new Office app will ultimately replace the My Office app, according to Microsoft, though it is only available to Windows Insiders at this time. Once available to everyone, the app will be free to download.

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Google Chrome will soon say “no changing browser history”

Google Chrome will soon say “no changing browser history”

As people become more and more dependent on the Web, web browsers have also increasingly become almost sacred spaces. Anything, even the smallest annoyance, could send users down a rabbit hole of frustration and despair. That’s especially true when websites, intentionally or otherwise, change how standard actions behave. As part of its crackdown on misbehaving websites and web pages, Google Chrome will soon be making sure that its Back button will really take you back to the last page you’ve been to, not the half dozen ads you never even saw.

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SQLite “Magellan” bug affects Chrome-based browsers, thousands of apps

SQLite “Magellan” bug affects Chrome-based browsers, thousands of apps

With the Internet being people’s primary gateway to today’s services, web browsers have often been the target of hackers and security researchers trying to discover potential vulnerabilities. One such vulnerability has been discovered by Tencent’s Blade security team and nicknamed “Magellan”. While it affects a large chunk of browsers that use the open source Chromium engine, including Google Chrome itself, this time it isn’t the web browser that’s at fault. Instead, it’s the SQLite database that’s used not just by Chromium but by hundreds if not thousands of apps as well.

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Android’s AOSP moves further from Google’s strict guidance

Android’s AOSP moves further from Google’s strict guidance

Today the folks at AOSP (Android Open Source Project) at Google revealed their newest move to make the "OSP" part of AOSP far more real. Google owns Android, yes, but they've also kept the Open Source Project bit a reality since the very beginning. This week the developers at Google released a tool that'll make it far easier for 3rd-party (read: non-Google) developers to lend their skills to the development of AOSP, and potentially play a part in guiding what takes priority in Android development, and when.

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